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First Line: If I knew you and you knew me
Last Line: If I knew you and you knew me.
Alternate Author Name(s): Martin, Peter
Variant Title(s): To Know All Is To Forgive All
Subject(s): Religion; Theology

IF I KNEW YOU and you knew me --
If both of us could clearly see,
And with an inner sight divine
The meaning of your heart and mine --
I'm sure that we would differ less
And clasp our hands in friendliness;
Our thoughts would pleasantly agree
If I knew you, and you knew me.

If I knew you and you knew me,
As each one knows his own self, we
Could look each other in the face
And see therein a truer grace.
Life has so many hidden woes,
So many thorns for every rose;
The "why" of things our hearts would see,
If I knew you and you knew me.

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